When a woman dies on an uninhabited island, suspicion immediately falls on the three old friends who made the trip with her. Hulda’s investigation into their shared history parallels her attempt to discover the identity of her own father, a US serviceman. This is a chilling novel about people with dark secrets, protecting themselves without a thought for the consequences.
No one does isolation better than Ragnar Jonasson, who is superb at portraying Iceland’s stark landscape and savage beauty. In The Island a young woman takes her lover for a romantic weekend to a tiny remote island she knows. There she is murdered... Hulda Hermannsdottir, a quiet, unhappy middle-aged detective inspector from Reykjavik, travels to the scene, looking for a link between the two deaths a decade apart. Hermannsdottir is an excellent cop. Unexcitable, she interviews quietly and reaches her conclusions with stealth and subtlety. An excellent addition to the growing band of top-class women detectives.